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Sexual Assault Center

First Response Therapist

Sexual Assault Center


Job Summary

The First Response Therapist is responsible for providing support and initial intervention for clients who are experiencing acute stress and/or overwhelming symptoms interfering with functioning, as an impact of sexual assault.  The therapist hired for this position will be a contributive member of a team continually assessing the flow of treatment delivery for clients seeking services at the Sexual Assault Center, to more efficiently provide immediate care for clients.

Job Responsibilities

Major Duties:                    

  • Provide initial and short-term therapeutic intervention to address acute and/or overwhelming symptoms experienced by clients new to services at the Sexual Assault Center.
  • Utilizing class, group, and individual sessions, implement crisis intervention strategies with the purpose of providing clients skills for distress tolerance and symptom management. 
  • Provide care and support for clients during resource building stage of client care, as preliminary support and intervention for clients waiting for a more long-term placement with a Sexual Assault Center Therapist. 
  • Provide continual assessment of client needs and strengths during initial period of intervention to inform treatment planning. 
  • Keep accurate client records and complete appropriate documentation in a timely manner.   
  • Work collaboratively with SAC Advocates, in support of client needs. 
  • Support peers by participating in weekly Clinical Team meeting and case staffing.   
  • Actively participate in individual clinical supervision.   
  • Engage in outreach and community-based activities as needed. 
  • Collaborate with other teams within the Sexual Assault Center, such as intake, advocacy, prevention, training, the SAFE Clinic, and the state-wide crisis line, on agency initiatives as needed.   
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Experience with crisis and short-term therapeutic intervention.
  • Clinical understanding of the impact of trauma, in particular how the stress response system (autonomic nervous system) works and is impacted by trauma. 
  • Experience and comfort with providing support and care to survivors of sexual assault.
  • Ability to provide compassionate, culturally aware and effective care for a diverse population of clients. 
  • Competence commensurate with experience, providing therapy to clients of various ages, including children, adolescents, and adults. 
  • Strong self and “we” care strategies to support healthy well-being of self.   
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint). 
  • Ability to navigate electronic record keeping systems. 
  • Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) preferred. 



  • Education: Graduation from an accredited university or college with a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, or Psychology, that meets the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Tennessee.   
  • Minimum of 2 years of post-graduate clinical experience preferred.
  • Experience with trauma informed care required.
  • Experience with the sexual assault survivor population is preferred.

SAC reserves the right waive any of the above qualifications dependent on work experience and other qualifying factors.

Additional Information


Medical, Dental and Vision are offered as well as additional products with Aflac.  Employer contributes to Medical, whereas Dental and Vision are 100% employee paid.

How to Apply

Please submit cover letter and resume to Earnestine Sangster at esangster@sacenter.org


  • Date Posted: March 2, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Clinician
  • Service Area: Health (Physical, Mental)
  • Start Date: 03/22/2021
  • Salary Range: $42,000.00-43,500.00
  • Working Hours: Full-Time, salaried position. Some evening and weekend hours required.